The Prime Bully

Perhaps some of the allegations about the loathsome behaviour of Gordon Brown are not entirely true but the sheer volume of them creates a picture that cannot be entirely false. There have been too many reports of his behaviour at Edinburgh University, his rough-house tactics in the corrupt old Scottish Labour Party machine, on through the Treasury, and now No10. He emerged from Fife with the makings of the thuggish gang who have ever since been on call. All these reports indicate that since Brown arrived, 10 Downing Street has been a vile place to work. Over the past two years, there has been a steady exodus of the Prime Minister’s inner circle, from outsider peers who realized the last thing Brown wanted was advice, to Spencer Livermore, the Director of Political Strategy, and Michael Ellam, the PM’s spokesman. Add to them the many experienced ministers who clearly decided serving under Brown was intolerable. With the prospect of him remaining in charge of the Labour Party whatever happens after the next election, Ruth Kelly, James Purnell, Geoff Hoon, Patricia Hewitt, Stephen Byers, Alan Milburn, and John Reid have simply bailed out.

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